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Data Backups

What is a data backup?
A data backup is a secure location where a copy of all your files are stored, if for some reason you accidentally delete a file, you can recover it using your data backup.

Why your data backup is so important?
Many companies and individuals choose not to back up their data because they believe the worst could never happen to them, you could be sat their thinking exactly the same now!

You’re right, nothing could happen it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

What are the pros and cons of backing up?
Pro – your files are securely backed up at a secure location
Pro – you can take your files with you anywhere
Pro – USB hard drives are available to buy cheaply

Con – A back up is another location where files can get lost or damaged it’s still another computer that could potentially fail.
Con – large storage devices can be costly.

Should I be backing up?
You should keep a backup of your files anyway even if it’s only a few files because anything can happen! You could accidently delete them, the files might become corrupt and no longer be readable, attackers could destroy your files, or even your computer could fail entirely.

Where do I back it up?
If you have a large external hard drive, you could use that, or you could back up to the “cloud” via dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon etc.

There are hundreds of backup services out there, some are free, some have a monthly fee. I would recommend some serious research and to shop around to see the best deal.

Personally, I’ve always found having a 1 Terabyte (TB) USB hard drive will do just fine, as long as you look after that hard drive and make sure it’s safe and secure.

If you have a large business that has a lot of users and a lot of data, then you could invest in a Network attached storage device (NAS). This allows every users data and company files to be backed up with the ability to share files across the network. Sizes vary from 1TB – 16TB it’s worth having a shop around to see what the best size for your company is.

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